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Design by Pininfarina, Coachwork by Scaglietti
1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta

• Certified by Ferrari Classiche and accompanied by “Red Book”
• Numbers matching, just three owners from new and only 28,000 miles
• Provenance documented by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini
• Accompanied by service records; recent $30,000 major service

4,390 cc Tipo 251 DOHC V-12 engine, six Weber 40 DCN 20 carburetors, 352 HP at 7,500 RPM, five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle with limited-slip differential, four-wheel independent double-wishbone suspension with coil springs, four-wheel Girling vacuum-assisted and ventilated hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 98.5”

Unveiled in Paris during 1968, Ferrari’s new 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta earned its unofficial “Daytona” name while still in prototype form, when Ferrari completed a stunning podium sweep in the famous 24-hour race there in 1967. Now, as when new, the 365 GTB/4 remains the ultimate expression of the classic front-engine V-12 Ferrari GT concept, with its lean and aggressive body design universally acknowledged as one of Pininfarina’s finest. Early models had full-width Plexiglas headlight covers, but stricter US regulations gave rise to the covered, pop-up arrangement fitted to all Daytonas from 1970 forward.

The Daytona was hailed at introduction as the fastest production sports car in the world, with a factory-claimed top speed of 174 mph courtesy of its 352-HP, 4.4-litre V-12 engine. Road & Track’s Dean Batchelor photographed an indicated 180 mph at the wheel of one at 7,000 rpm and even when the speed was calculated and corrected later, it still worked out to a “true” 173 mph. One of the first reports on the Daytona was penned by Le Mans-winning driver and journalist Paul Frère, who reportedly hit 176 mph in 1969. He also extolled the Daytona’s impressive total experience, characterizing it a “Grand Touring car par excellence.” Later, in the October 1970 issue, Road & Track declared "The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 is the best sports car in the world."

While intended from the outset as a fast road car, several 365 GTB/4s were raced by their owners to great effect and it remained competitive long after most other competitors' cars retired. In fact, between 1970 and 1979, 18 Daytonas contested their namesake 24-hour race, resulting in five Top-10 finishes and two second-place podiums. The last included the GTO class win scored in 1979 by the Modena Sports Cars entry driven by John Morton and Tony Adamowicz. Not all of the Daytona's achievements were entirely legal, however, including an infamous top-speed charge by racing champion Dan Gurney and journalist Brock Yates on an Arizona highway during the second New York-to-Los Angeles "Cannonball Baker Memorial Trophy Dash," commonly known later as the "Cannonball Run" of movie fame. The Daytona was an important production model for Ferrari, with experts citing 1,383 examples constructed from 1968 to 1974. Of further importance, the Daytona represents the end of an era as Ferrari’s last front-engine, V-12, two-seat road car for more than two decades until the 1996 debut of the 550 Maranello.

Numbered 14393, this original left-hand drive, U.S.-specification 365 GTB/4 Daytona is documented in Hilary A. Raab, Jr.’s Ferrari Serial Numbers Part I and its history was compiled by noted Ferrari marque expert Marcel Massini. It is the 525th Daytona built in terms of assembly sequence, equipped with factory options including air-conditioning and a Voxson ‘Sonar’ radio with electric antenna. It was sold new through legendary East Coast Ferrari distributor Luigi Chinetti Motors, Greenwich, Connecticut and sold to its first owner, well-known collector and racer Bob Fergus of Westerville, Ohio. According to Ferrari Market Letter records, this Daytona was offered for sale from its first owner in the late 1990s with only 21,000 miles from new, thus remaining in its sole original ownership for nearly 30 years. Purchased by Atlanta, Georgia resident Mark Vanderkley, 14393 was cosmetically restored by well-known Ferrari restorer/painter Bo Pirkle and during Mr. Vanderkley’s ownership, the Daytona was shown at the 2008 Cavallino Classic XVII Concours d'Elegance held at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.

In 2011, 14393 was acquired by its present owner, a well-known Ferrari collector and enthusiast who keeps his vast collection on several continents, but has kept this Daytona at his Long Island, New York residence since his purchase. Importantly, mileage at the time of acquisition was just 26,000 miles from new. Due to its regular and constant maintenance and service, this Daytona has always been in superb working order. Within the last few months, a further $30,000 was invested to ensure its current “no issue” and ready-to-drive condition. This recent service work includes a major mechanical service, including professional attention to the Weber carburetors, ignition, fuel system, brakes, air-conditioning, and rear exhaust system replacement, plus refurbished Borrani wire wheels and new Michelin XWX tires including spare. As expected, 14393 has been accorded Ferrari Classiche certification confirming its correctness, with the all-important “Red Book” in hand. In addition, this stellar 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona is accompanied by the original owner’s manual and factory wheel wrench. Resplendent in original colors, this is one of the most desirable Daytonas in existence with matching numbers and just three owners from new. Superb in every respect, 14393 is a thrilling “Enzo-era” classic Ferrari V-12, equally ready to grace the road or concours lawn.

1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta
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